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Engie’s solar offensive embraces Algeria

The French energy giant has showed strong interest in Algeria’s 4 GW solar plan. The general director of the company has discussed plans about solar and gas with the local ministry of energy.

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Germany supports implementation phase of Tunisian Solar Plan

The German Federal Enterprise for International Cooperation (GIZ) will provide the Tunisian government with €7 million. The North African country will use the donation to finance the preliminary support project of its 1 GW renewable energy plan, which includes the installation of 650 MW of solar.

Morocco starts construction on 70 MW Noor Ouarzazate IV PV plant

The project is the fourth and final phase of the 580 MW Ouarzazate solar complex and part of the 170 MW Noor PV I Program for the development of solar PV. The plant is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2018

Algeria’s 4 GW PV auction causes mixed reactions within local industry

The Algerian renewable energy sector is giving mixed reactions to the 4 GW solar tender recently announced by the government. Some operators fear that local enterprises will be excluded from future projects, while others claim that the new auction scheme will solve most of the issues created by the unapplied FIT scheme.

Kenyans embrace d.light’s D30 Pay-Go solution

Since launching in October 2016, off-grid solar solution supplier d.light has sold over 120,000 units of its D30 Pay-Go home system. Most of the sales were made in East Africa, with the Kenyan market accounting for the majority of sales.

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Strategic siting can boost solar development in Africa, says Berkeley Lab

A report from U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) assesses the wind and solar potential of Africa. According to the study, the two technologies can play a major role in the energy economy of the continent, especially if strategic siting and international interconnections are implemented.

Algerian renewable energy sector raises doubts on 4 GW solar tender

Parts of Algeria’s renewable energy sector is questioning the 4 GW solar tender recently announced by the Algerian government. Provisions on domestic content requirements and the large share that state-owned entities will have on the ambitious solar plan are seen as the major obstacles for its implementation.

Ternienergia to install 10 MW solar plant in Tunisia

The Italian solar developer will build a 10 MW PV facility in Tozeur, southern Tunisia. The company will sign the $12.5 million contract for the project within a few days.

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Eni, Sonatrach start construction on 10 MW PV plant in Algeria

Italian oil producer Eni and Sonatrach — an Algerian state-owned company that specializes in the exploitation of hydrocarbon resources — have broken ground on a 10 MW solar facility in southern Algeria.

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Algeria to launch 4 GW solar tender by the end of March

The Algerian government is set to launch a tender for the construction of large-scale PV projects totaling 4 GW. The tender will be held in three 1,350 MW phases and will select projects with an average capacity of 100 MW.

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